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MediaTek to Enable AV1 Video Codec Technology on Android Smartphones

MediaTek today officially announced that it will enable YouTube video streams using the AV1 video codec on the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G SoC. The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the world’s first smartphone SoC to integrate an AV1 hardware video decoder, enabling it to playback AV1 video streams up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With its improved compression efficiency, AV1 gives smartphone users incredible visual quality and smoother video experiences while using fewer data, the brand said in a press release.

MediaTek AV1 Video Codec
MediaTek Dimensity 1000

The AV1 video codec was first released in 2018 by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), AV1 is royalty-free, crafted to replace the VP9 codec, and become the Internet Video Codec (NETVC) standard. AV1 is an ultra-high-performance video codec technology that delivers 30% more compression efficiency over existing VP9. According to MediaTek, Dimensity 1000 uses a more power-efficient hardware-based AV1 video decoder, users can enjoy longer battery life while still streaming in the best quality settings.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Business Unit, said, “MediaTek is engaged in consistently upgrading its offerings to enhance the user experience, and AV1 technology is a prime example. Industry reports state that the video streaming market is likely to expand at a CAGR of 19.6% and touch $124.57 billion by 2025, and it is one of the principal drivers of 5G services. MediaTek is leading the way in enabling effective video streaming with AV1.”

Matt Frost, Director of Product Management of Google Chrome said, “AV1 has become an increasingly important format to allow high-resolution playback on handheld devices, and we’re excited that MediaTek has implemented dedicated AV1 hardware to advance its adoption, such as what’s included in their Dimensity 1000 5G SoC. As mobile video streaming becomes more prevalent, new use cases like MediaTek’s emphasize the important work of developing next-generation codecs.”

MediaTek Dimesity 1000 Specifications

  • CPU Type 1:Arm Cortex-A77 @ up to 2.6GHz
  • CPU Type 2:Arm Cortex-A55 @ up to 2.0GHz
  • Octa-core, 64-bit
  • GPU Type – Arm Mali-G77 MC9
  • Max Display Resolution – 2520 x 1080
  • Memory Type – LPDDR4x
  • Max Memory Size – 16GB
  • Storage Type – uFS
  • Cellular Technologies – 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G Multi-Mode
  • Peak Download Speed – 4.7Gbps
  • Peak Upload Speed – 2.3Gbps
  • Wi-Fi 6 (a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
  • Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio
  • Max Camera ISP – 32+16MP,  80MP
  • Max Video Capture Resolution – 3840 x 2160
  • Camera Features – HDR-ISP (3+2) / Video HDR / Video NR / Video Bokeh / Video EIS / AI-Shutter / AI-AE / AI-AF / AI-AWB / AI-NR HDR / AI-HDR / AI-FD
  • Video Encoding – H.264, H.265 / HEVC
  • Video Playback – H.264, H.265 / HEVC, VP-9, AV1

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